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1978 Cherokee Chief Axles in a TJ ?

Hello.

I could buy two 1978 Cherokee Chief D44 axles with new brakes and new axle shafts.
Now I have some questions...

How strong are these axles compared to my stock D30/D44 TJ axles?
How wide are these axles? Like my stock TJ axles?
Does my rear D44 ARB locker fit in these old D44 axles?
What kind of brakes are on these axles?
Does my ols steering linkage fit?
Did the Cherokee Chief have leaf springs on both axles or front coils?
Are there some kits to convert these axles for a TJ with coils?

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Hello.

I could buy two 1978 Cherokee Chief D44 axles with new brakes and new axle shafts.
Now I have some questions...

How strong are these axles compared to my stock D30/D44 TJ axles?
Should be stronger
How wide are these axles? Like my stock TJ axles?
If anything wider
Does my rear D44 ARB locker fit in these old D44 axles?
no sure
What kind of brakes are on these axles?
most likey disc front drum rear
Does my ols steering linkage fit?
not sure
Did the Cherokee Chief have leaf springs on both axles or front coils?
leaf f/r
Are there some kits to convert these axles for a TJ with coils?
rubicon express or dynatrac

Make sure front diff has correct drop and rear is centered vs offto one side

Thanks!
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Hello.

I could buy two 1978 Cherokee Chief D44 axles with new brakes and new axle shafts.
Now I have some questions...

How strong are these axles compared to my stock D30/D44 TJ axles?
How wide are these axles? Like my stock TJ axles?
Does my rear D44 ARB locker fit in these old D44 axles?
What kind of brakes are on these axles?
Does my ols steering linkage fit?
Did the Cherokee Chief have leaf springs on both axles or front coils?
Are there some kits to convert these axles for a TJ with coils?

Thanks!
nicolas-eric
thay had two axle widths narrow and wide track you want the narrow track axles you can tell if its a narrow track cherokee by it not haveing fender flares the wide tracks use full width axles here http://www.bjsoffroad.com/cartgenie/....asp#Widetrack
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if you want I have a wide track 78 chief sitting in the back yard I could grab some measurements tomorrow afternoon. they will definitely be wider if they come out of a wide track though, and the disc front and drum rear. the steering is the same style as a yj not sure about the tj set up though.
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